I can’t understand why some gamers these days, who are generally well into adulthood, are whining that Super Mario is “old and stale” or “needs to be retired” or that every sequel title that comes out is a “rehash” regardless of what new ideas, themes, or mechanics are added to differentiate it from earlier games in the franchise.
NEWS FLASH: When you play the same game in the same franchise and genre for upwards of a decade, there’s a good chance the titles are going to start to feel repetitive or like little is changing as you grow older.
Generally the games I see get this sort of heat are cartoony games such as Super Mario that are aimed primarily at children.
As offensive as it may be for some people to hear this, Super Mario Galaxy 2 or the upcoming Super Mario 3D Land is not going to be the eleventh or twelfth Mario game its target audience will have played. More likely it may be their third or even fourth.
Mario and Mickey Mouse both have a lot in common as,
A. Their adventures tend to be charming, well made, and entertaining.
B. THEY WILL ALWAYS BE NEW KIDS TO ENJOY MICKEY/MARIO WHEN THE OLDER ONES LOSE INTEREST
In other words, there’s a revolving door audience of children who won’t be sick of experiencing a modernized or updated version what an older person has already experienced a thousand times already.
A good kid-friendly video game however, unlike a kid-friendly cartoon, tends to retain its audience well beyond childhood. So while Disney can keep making Mickey Mouse toons with fairly similar plots and action and kids will be happy; with Mario for instance we have adults who’ve played Mario games since childhood ragging on Nintendo for “rehashing old concepts and mechanics” in Mario games, meanwhile the actual target audience who might have played their first Mario game within the last decade is perfectly satisfied.
No, this isn’t a matter of Nintendo “pandering to children who don’t know any better”, its a matter of some adult gamers taking something too seriously that’s not meant to be approached as anything other than an interactive cartoon-like experience.
Then there’s the gamers who will take me calling Super Mario a “children’s cartoon” as an insult, but that’s for a different rant.
You know, you gotta do research when writing fiction. While ironically The Motorman isn’t actually a story about trains (though the story obviously starts with a train), the book How to Become a Competent Motorman: A practical Treatise on the Proper Method of Operating a Street Railway Motor-Car; also giving details on how to overcome Certain Defects certainly taught me a lot about what the main character’s job entails, because knowing what sort of stuff is in Artemis’ head helped me develop him a lot more.
Look at all this:
There 200+ pages of this stuff I could show you.
It’s especially interesting since the actual electric engines of the trams in the universe of my story use totally different technology from the electric motor.
A. DURR BAD THINGS LIKE DISASTERS ONLY HAPPEN TO OTHER PEOPLE THE GOVT IS JUST USING FEAR TACTICS AND HYPE TO CONTROL PEOPLE WHEN THEY TELL YOU TO BE PREPARED FOR KNOWN DEADLY WEATHER EVENTS/NATURAL/MANMADE DISASTERS
B. OH SHIT ITS THE END OF THE WORLD GOD HATES US AND THE PROPHECY IS COMING TRUE LIKE THE BIBLE SAID IT WOULD GRAB THE GUNS AND GOLD AND HIT THE BUNKER AWW SHIT
C. lets not dwell in fear, but take reasonable precautions so we can deal with emergency situations if they arise
I live north of the evacuation line, but a homebound family member lives very far away in the PORK CHOP SANDWICHES (warning: swearing) zone.
So I left to drop off mom at grandmas so my uncle can take them BOTH to his house which is outside the evac zone, while I return home.
There was some nonsense about returning home 30 minutes into the journey for forgotten jacket and sunscreen (SUNSCREEN WHAT ITS A HURRICANE EVACUATION OMG), and some more sillyness about not driving in the left lane because during hurricane warnings deer from the forest suicidally ram cars on the freeway like the red cars in Rally X, and so on.
But we did what we had to do.
This is only the beginning of the cool crap I have laying around that I love having but hopefully will never need and generally need to keep secret for the sake of domestic harmony. This is actually from last year, I’m only better equipped now, though of course I’m wont be happy until I have some kind of bad ass anti-zombie van that can transform into a hot air balloon.
Still dont have a gosh darn crank radio yet though. I need only a few hundred more blood donation points to afford one. Till then I have a way I can use my car as a generator for some house house lamps and recharging electronics, plus I got loads of batteries. Who would have known my car’s fuel gauge goes full quarter ABOVE “full”.
One of these days I’ll make time to cook instead of having cold cereal for breakfast, a cheese sandwich for lunch and a graham cracker for dinner. I’m gonna eat DIFFERENT THINGS and stuff and life will be a wonderful adventure.
I’m not actually “grossed out” in the sense were I can’t stand to look or would gag, but I find video game levels themed on the inside of an animals stomach aesthetically unappealing and no fun at all.
This is the reason why I’ll likely never play the third Mario & Luigi game in spite of Superstar Saga being one of my favorite RPGs.
I never even beat Jabu Jabu’s Belly back in the 90’s, I had one of my friends play through it for me.
This is made even worse on the 3DS version of the dungeon with its higher res textures and models.
Actually this is the first time playing the 3DS that I’m turning the 3D completely off, the unappealing aesthetics along with the fact that the level itself is constantly undulating is too much for me.
Making it worse is that the “water” is all made to look like some sort of stomach acid, which my gamer’s instinct tells me NOT TO JUMP INTO even though you have to in order to play the level. I’ve been delayed in a couple of rooms already where I “try to find a way over” assuming the acid will harm Link.
I’ll play through this of course, but I wont enjoy it much.
Also, notice how the volume of the Jabu Jabu’s Belly dungeon is something like 500 times or more the volume of the Jabu Jabu character model seen at Zora’s Fountain.
Now, more than ever before, I laud my parent’s wedding at my grandparent’s house in Dad’s old bedroom with Grandpa as Justice of the Peace and Grandma as the entire audience as the best freaking wedding ever.
Since Zelda 2 was originally on the Famicom Disk System it had access to a greater library of sounds than the regular system did, so a lot of the sounds are different in that version. I personally think the instruments in the NES version mesh better, but of course it may be because that’s what I’m used to. I thought it was neat though to hear a different arrangement.
Incidentally: somebody give me an FDS stat.
Ya know, the instruments don’t blend as well together at all, but there’s a certain property to this I actually prefer to the NES version.
Blog - 8/12/11 "You lost today, but that doesn't mean you have to like it."
Hot damn, I just watched Jones and the Last Crusade to just past the sewer scene and holy stuff. This is gonna be awesome. I’ll finish it tomorrow.
Now I’m watching Judge Jude on this bizarre local broadcast channel that replays that days episode of Judge Judy that aired on NBC, which I didn’t see because I was away then. Anyway, Judy is part of my winding down ritual. I’ll get ready for bed after I’m done with this post.
Today I wrote, and that was just the start of all the work I did. Today was one of those tiring, but satisfying days where during parts about halfway through you feel all put upon but then even long before its over you just shoo away all the funk and be like “whatever, what else would I rather be doing?”
Tomorrow should be great too, but on my own terms this time.
thanks guys soo soo much, i never would have expected such a response, but since i kept up to date backups like voldemort had horcruxes, i lost absolutely no progress!!
i just need to be calm and bide my time until i can resume my great work
in the meantime i think ill take up hiking. i hear the forests of albania are lovely this time of year.
The table my laptop was on collapsed. The hinge is broken and theres no chance of repairing or replacing it. I thought it was a good table. I was on track to finishing the book before September when college started, now I can’t finish the book and don’t have a computer for college if I’m even able to go back, or anything to write the cover letters and proposals I would have needed to write if I had finished. If I could somehow complete and edit the novel on my 3DS I would. I’m just posting this to explain why I just vanished after weeks of what I now realize was premature hype.
Do you realize that the… bank bailout — that sum of money is greater than the entire 50-year running budget of NASA. And so when someone says ‘We don’t have enough money for this space program,’ I’m (saying) ‘No, it’s not that you don’t have enough money. It’s that the distribution of money that you’re spending is warped in some way, that you are removing the only thing that gives people something to dream about tomorrow.’
…In the 60’s and 70’s, you didn’t have to go more than a week before there was an article in Life magazine — ‘The Home Of Tomorrow.’ ‘The City Of Tomorrow.’ ‘The Transportation Of Tomorrow.’ All that ended in the 1970’s after we stopped going to the Moon. It all ended. We stopped dreaming.
And so I worry that the decisions the Congress makes doesn’t factor in the consequences of those decisions on tomorrow. Tomorrow is gone — metaphoric tomorrow, not the literal tomorrow.
(Politicians) are playing for the quarterly report; they’re playing for the next election cycle. And that is mortgaging the actual future of this nation. The rest of the world just passes by.
”—Dr. NEIL DeGRASSE TYSON, reacting to space programs such as the James Webb Space Telescope — the successor to the Hubble — falling to budget cuts, on Real Time (via inothernews)
I could have got one more chapter finished today, but I’m pleased with the progress I made.
I’ll have to get an early start tomorrow, but I think I can get to where I want to be within ten days or so.
Sorry to make this something of a “deluxe Tweet”, but I think the days of me spending an hour every day recounting in detail a day in which nothing of particular interest happened for me may be long over.